build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Definition of building

1 : a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)
2 : the art or business of assembling materials into a structure

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Examples of building in a Sentence

My office is in that small brick building. We bought the land for building.
Recent Examples on the Web State education officials recently said schools no longer need to do temperature checks for every student entering the building. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Following smooth elementary return, JCPS middle and high schools to reopen Monday," 4 Apr. 2021 In South Korea, Yoido Full Gospel Church, the country's biggest Protestant church, allowed only about 2,000 people to attend Easter service, or about 17% of the capacity of the main building. Arkansas Online, "Singing hymns through masks, Christians mark pandemic Easter," 4 Apr. 2021 The Walnut Hills building served as home to about 170 other residents, most of whom were elderly. Amber Hunt, The Enquirer, "Backstory: Shooting death of 91-year-old Rufus Kelley still unsolved 9 years later," 4 Apr. 2021 That hotel, a Hampton Inn & Suites, still will require a deviation because there won’t be a restaurant contained within the building. Suzanne Baker,, "CityGate West developer revises plans to meet Naperville’s demands," 4 Apr. 2021 The Common Council in 2018 approved selling the Forest Home building to immigrant rights organization Voces de la Frontera. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A former south side library is ruled historic. That could stop plans to replace it with a Children's Wisconsin clinic.," 4 Apr. 2021 The driver slipped through a gate that had opened to allow traffic in and out of the Capitol and rammed a barrier that had protected the building long before Jan. 6., "Deadly breach could delay decisions about Capitol fencing," 3 Apr. 2021 In August, a fire was set in the building for which a 19-year-old man from Alaska was charged. Madeline Holcombe And Chris Boyette, CNN, "Seattle police to remove concrete barriers around precinct that was temporarily vacated during George Floyd protests," 3 Apr. 2021 Eventually the building was torn down and in its place rose a temple to a different god: the city’s first multilevel parking garage. Washington Post, "In 1899, tourists to D.C. could visit Egypt and Rome at the Halls of the Ancients," 3 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of building

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of building was in the 13th century

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7 Apr 2021

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“Building.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of building

: a structure (such as a house, hospital, school, etc.) with a roof and walls that is used as a place for people to live, work, do activities, store things, etc.
: the act or process of making structures by putting together materials


build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Kids Definition of building

1 : a permanent structure built as a dwelling, shelter, or place for human activities or for storage an office building
2 : the art, work, or business of assembling materials into a structure

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